Seven dead in separate incidents over the holidays

Seven dead in separate incidents over the holidays

Four traffic fatalities on three islands in just over 24 hours

Shooting, homicide, alleged suicide on Bimini, Abaco, GB respectively 

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Police have reported the deaths of at least seven individuals in separate incidents throughout the country that took place within just three days, spanning from Christmas Eve on December 24 to December 26.

Shortly after 7am on Thursday, December 24, a 21-year-old man on Grand Bahama succumbed to injuries he sustained in a traffic accident a week prior.

Police said on December 18, the man was driving a brown Honda Accord on Queen’s Highway shortly after 10pm when he lost control of the car and hit three vehicles before crashing into a brick wall.

Both the driver and his male passenger were ejected from the vehicle, police said, and taken to Rand Memorial Hospital, where the driver ultimately passed away.

Also on Grand Bahama, on Christmas day, a 43-year-old man was found hanging from the ceiling at a residence on Raleigh Drive shortly after 1pm.

The man had last been seen alive around 5am on December 24 and while police indicated they do not suspect foul play, the incident is under investigation.

Later on December 25, around 6pm, a three-car accident at the intersection of West Bay Street and Blake Road on New Providence resulted in a double fatality.

According to police reports, a burgundy Nissan March was traveling east on West Bay Street when the driver of a black Honda Accord traveling west overtook the vehicle but collided with it. The third vehicle, a black Chevy Malibu that was also traveling west, also hit the Nissan March in the collision.

Well-known businessman Brent Johnson and his wife, Eulona Dean, perished in the crash. Their daughters, Kinza and Sarni, who were also in the vehicle, along with the drivers of the other vehicles, were transported to hospital with serious injuries.

Around midnight on December 26, a traffic fatality on Abaco left one man dead and several others with serious injuries when a white 2020 Nissan Frontier, which police said was owned by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and being driven by an officer at the time, collided head-on with a black Honda Fit carrying five occupants.

The driver and passenger of the Nissan Frontier did not sustain life-threatening injuries, but one occupant in the Honda Fit perished while the others were airlifted to New Providence for hospitalization.

Later on December 26, around 9pm, another man was killed in a traffic accident on Grand Bahama.

Police reported the two-door blue Honda Accord the man was traveling east on Cathedral Boulevard when his two-door blue 2008 Honda Accord ran off the northern side of the road and crashed into a concrete column at Sir Jack Hayward Junior High School before bursting into flames.

Officers of the Fire Department responded to the crash and were able to extinguish the fire and use the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver from the vehicle, but he died at the scene.

Earlier that day, around 1pm on Saturday, December 26, a woman was found dead in a residence in Crown Haven, Abaco.

In that incident, police said investigations found the woman had an altercation with a man earlier that day before being found dead with injuries to her face. They are referring to the incident as a homicide, and have a man in custody who is assisting police with their investigations.

Meantime, around 1pm on Saturday on Bimini, a shooting left a man in hospital with serious injuries after an altercation.

Two men who know each other got into a fight in the Porgy Bay area when one produced a handgun and shot the other in his chest before fleeing. The victim was taken to the clinic but ultimately airlifted to New Providence while police continue investigations.

In light of the recent spate of traffic fatalities, police strongly urged the public to slow down, wear seatbelts and drive safely to save their lives and the lives of others.